The History of The Eye Centre

The Eye Centre was set-up in April 1996 by husband and wife team David and Sue Maydew. Sue, a qualified Optometrist since 1973 and David, a Director of a number of companies, opened their first practice in Caerau after spotting an opportunity to provide an essential service in the community.

Within 5 months, they stepped in to take over a practice in Pontycymmer where the resident Optician was retiring, and by April 1997, took ownership of another practice in Ogmore Vale.

The Eye Centre quickly established itself as a family business with the ethos of employing local people who know the area and people whilst ensuring that a quality service was provided to the community without compromising value for money.

In 1999, the couple's eldest son Nick, qualified as an Optometrist. Having worked for a number of major high street Opticians, two well known Laser Vision clinics as well as small independent Opticians, Nick felt that the experience he'd gained put him in an excellent position to join the growing business as a partner and to drive it forward. In April 2002, a new practice was set-up in Sarn which was quickly followed by their biggest venture to date: a new flagship store in the Triangle Shopping Centre, Brackla.

In Brackla, a state of the art glazing laboratory was installed to further enhance the service available - the supply of spectacles became that much quicker, often within the hour. The complete range of Ophthalmic services was offered including: eye tests available 6 days a week, full contact lens service, WECE and PEARS eye examinations. Brackla became home to an extensive variety of frames, ranging from budget through to the top designers.

The latest addition to the family business was the acquisition of a family practice in Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, in August 2004 which had been established for over 40 years.

From the "establishment" of Caerau in 1996, The Eye Centre has gone from a two-man husband and wife team to a 15 strong workforce. Whilst further expansion is not to be ruled out, the efforts are currently focused on development of the existing practices.